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PROJECT MANAGER, MAPS & NATURE, IN-DEPTH: It's Super Fun But Not A Straightforward Path

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Dan, a Project Manager for a web design and mapping company, and who also works at Nerds for Nature, describes what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his "aha!" moments, and how hard it is to get a job in his field.

Degree: Journalism
Job Title: Project Manager

Job Summary: Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Job Description

Surveying and mapping technicians assist surveyors and cartographers in collecting data and making maps of the earth's surface. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land. Mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps.

On-the-Job Training

Significant on the job training can be expected for entry level workers and apprenticeships are not uncommon.

Certification Requirement
Required by the Certified Survey Technician credential

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Teamwork, Technical skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Geography
Surveying Engineering
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m='10060'>a</span> <span m='10100'>map.</span> <span m='10760'>And</span> <span m='11030'>so,</span> <span m='11150'>you</span> <span m='11270'>know,</span> <span m='11350'>there</span> <span m='11470'>might</span> <span m='11680'>be</span> <span m='12020'>20</span> <span m='12460'>or</span> <span m='12550'>30</span> <span m='12990'>or</span> <span m='13070'>40</span> <span m='13520'>people</span> <span m='13980'>who</span> <span m='14100'>have</span> <span m='14360'>to</span> <span m='14710'>work</span> <span m='15030'>together</span> <span m='15480'>to</span> <span m='15570'>make</span> <span m='15780'>that</span> <span m='15980'>happen.</span> <span m='16370'>It's</span> <span m='16560'>so</span> <span m='16700'>fun</span> <span m='17090'>to</span> <span m='17170'>work</span> <span m='17390'>with</span> <span m='17540'>all</span> <span m='17710'>those</span> <span m='17910'>different</span> <span m='18220'>people</span> <span m='18590'>and</span> <span m='18670'>all</span> <span m='18820'>the</span> <span m='18900'>different</span> <span m='19270'>skills</span> <span m='19750'>that</span> <span m='19880'>they</span> <span m='20010'>have</span> <span m='20840'>and</span> <span m='21100'>make</span> <span m='21260'>sure</span> <span m='21420'>they're</span> <span m='21630'>all</span> <span m='21840'>able</span> <span m='22100'>to</span> <span m='22800'>contribute</span> <span m='23350'>those</span> <span m='23560'>skills</span> <span m='23920'>to</span> <span m='24020'>this</span> <span m='24250'>bigger</span> <span m='24550'>goal.</span> </p><p><span m='25450'>The</span> <span m='25900'>biggest</span> <span m='26200'>challenge</span> <span m='26710'>is</span> <span m='26840'>really</span> <span m='27190'>just</span> <span m='27700'>having</span> <span m='28110'>enough</span> <span m='28360'>time</span> <span m='28740'>in</span> <span m='28840'>the</span> <span m='28940'>day.</span> <span m='29450'>I</span> <span m='29520'>mean,</span> <span m='29870'>especially</span> <span m='30270'>when</span> <span m='30400'>I'm</span> <span m='30490'>doing</span> <span m='30720'>this</span> <span m='31130'>partly</span> <span m='31460'>as</span> <span m='31570'>a</span> <span m='31620'>volunteer</span> <span m='32259'>and partly</span> <span m='32539'>as a</span> <span m='32820'>profession,</span> <span m='34240'>you</span> <span m='34440'>know,</span> <span m='34640'>12-hour</span> <span m='35160'>days</span> <span m='35460'>are</span> <span m='35520'>not</span> <span m='35700'>uncommon.</span> <span m='36630'>14-hour</span> <span m='37220'>days,</span> <span m='37520'>also</span> <span m='37830'>not</span> <span m='38050'>uncommon.</span> <span m='39430'>So</span> <span m='39770'>it's</span> <span m='40250'>a</span> <span m='40310'>long</span> <span m='40620'>road,</span> <span m='40870'>but</span> <span m='40980'>it's</span> <span m='41120'>a</span> <span m='41160'>lot</span> <span m='41320'>of</span> <span m='41390'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='41980'>So</span> <span m='42170'>is</span> <span m='42260'>it</span> <span m='42350'>hard</span> <span m='42570'>to</span> <span m='42610'>get</span> <span m='42740'>a</span> <span m='42800'>job</span> <span m='43130'>in</span> <span m='43220'>this</span> <span m='43490'>field?</span> <span m='44670'>I</span> <span m='44910'>would</span> <span m='45110'>say</span> <span m='46500'>if</span> <span m='46680'>you</span> <span m='46910'>go</span> <span m='47280'>out</span> <span m='47550'>looking</span> <span m='47990'>for</span> <span m='48290'>it,</span> <span m='48690'>it</span> <span m='48880'>might</span> <span m='49120'>be</span> <span m='49250'>hard.</span> <span m='50300'>If</span> <span m='50650'>you</span> <span m='50780'>follow</span> <span m='51140'>your</span> <span m='51350'>passion,</span> <span m='52300'>which</span> <span m='52480'>is</span> <span m='52560'>what</span> <span m='52720'>I</span> <span m='52870'>did--</span> <span m='54150'>I</span> <span m='54270'>actually,</span> <span m='55100'>when</span> <span m='55250'>I</span> <span m='55370'>left</span> <span m='55750'>graduate</span> <span m='56180'>school,</span> <span m='56450'>I</span> <span m='56520'>walked</span> <span m='56880'>into</span> <span m='57170'>an</span> <span m='57270'>environmental</span> <span m='57780'>organization</span> <span m='58460'>in</span> <span m='58580'>Berkeley,</span> <span m='58970'>California,</span> <span m='60010'>and</span> <span m='60420'>I</span> <span m='60510'>said</span> <span m='60720'>I</span> <span m='60770'>wanted</span> <span m='60950'>to</span> <span m='61110'>volunteer.</span> <span m='62000'>And</span> <span m='62690'>as</span> <span m='62850'>it</span> <span m='62940'>turned</span> <span m='63240'>out,</span> <span m='63580'>I</span> <span m='63720'>had</span> <span m='63870'>the</span> <span m='63960'>right</span> <span m='64220'>skills</span> <span m='64515'>that</span> <span m='64810'>they</span> <span m='64959'>needed,</span> <span m='65440'>and</span> <span m='65530'>they</span> <span m='65610'>had</span> <span m='65710'>a</span> <span m='65760'>part-time</span> <span m='66250'>job</span> <span m='66560'>that</span> <span m='66680'>opened</span> <span m='66990'>up.</span> <span m='67210'>And</span> <span m='67390'>I</span> <span m='67450'>was</span> <span m='67640'>able</span> <span m='67840'>to</span> <span m='67930'>string</span> <span m='68200'>that</span> <span m='68390'>together</span> <span m='68730'>with</span> <span m='68890'>something</span> <span m='69280'>else</span> <span m='69910'>and</span> <span m='70130'>work</span> <span m='70320'>two</span> <span m='70490'>part-time</span> <span m='70960'>jobs</span> <span m='71330'>for</span> <span m='71470'>five</span> <span m='71790'>years</span> <span m='72170'>that</span> <span m='72290'>then</span> <span m='72540'>turned</span> <span m='72770'>into</span> <span m='72980'>a</span> <span m='73050'>full-time</span> <span m='73540'>job</span> <span m='73820'>somewhere</span> <span m='74230'>else,</span> <span m='74780'>that</span> <span m='74930'>then</span> <span m='75140'>led</span> <span m='75400'>me</span> <span m='75540'>immediately</span> <span m='76090'>to--</span> <span m='76670'>well</span> <span m='77060'>actually,</span> <span m='77540'>it led</span> <span m='77720'>me</span> <span m='77980'>after</span> <span m='78230'>10</span> <span m='78480'>years,</span> <span m='79160'>to</span> <span m='79410'>the</span> <span m='79540'>jobs</span> <span m='79870'>I</span> <span m='79950'>have</span> <span m='80150'>now,</span> <span m='80420'>which</span> <span m='80600'>I</span> <span m='80670'>really</span> <span m='80980'>love.</span> </p><p><span m='81570'>So</span> <span m='82970'>it</span> <span m='83170'>hasn't</span> <span m='83490'>been</span> <span m='83660'>hard</span> <span m='84060'>for</span> <span m='84360'>me</span> <span m='85140'>to</span> <span m='85270'>get</span> <span m='85550'>those</span> <span m='85790'>jobs.</span> <span m='86190'>I</span> <span m='86250'>haven't</span> <span m='86500'>been</span> <span m='86660'>searching</span> <span m='87090'>high</span> <span m='87310'>and</span> <span m='87450'>low.</span> <span m='87840'>But</span> <span m='88040'>I</span> <span m='88160'>also</span> <span m='89140'>did</span> <span m='89310'>it,</span> <span m='89520'>I</span> <span m='89610'>think,</span> <span m='89890'>by</span> <span m='90040'>following</span> <span m='90590'>the</span> <span m='90670'>things</span> <span m='90990'>that</span> <span m='91120'>I</span> <span m='91300'>enjoyed</span> <span m='91900'>and</span> <span m='92040'>loved</span> <span m='92320'>to</span> <span m='92410'>do</span> <span m='92640'>the</span> <span m='92760'>most.</span> <span m='93120'>So</span> <span m='94280'>it</span> <span m='94420'>wasn't</span> <span m='94740'>hard</span> <span m='95340'>for</span> <span m='95470'>me</span> <span m='95730'>to</span> <span m='95860'>necessarily</span> <span m='96290'>do</span> <span m='96480'>those</span> <span m='96710'>things</span> <span m='96970'>for 10</span> <span m='97200'>or</span> <span m='97360'>12</span> <span m='97620'>hours</span> <span m='97850'>a</span> <span m='97890'>day</span> <span m='98060'>because</span> <span m='98230'>I</span> <span m='98320'>love</span> <span m='98660'>doing</span> <span m='98970'>them.</span> <span m='99540'>If</span> <span m='99880'>I</span> <span m='100030'>had</span> <span m='100220'>sought</span> <span m='100530'>out,</span> <span m='100880'>with</span> <span m='101030'>a</span> <span m='101100'>career</span> <span m='101440'>counselor,</span> <span m='102000'>to</span> <span m='102120'>say</span> <span m='102430'>I</span> <span m='102590'>need</span> <span m='102890'>to</span> <span m='102990'>find</span> <span m='103400'>a</span> <span m='103490'>job</span> <span m='104180'>that</span> <span m='104350'>has</span> <span m='104640'>benefits</span> <span m='105260'>and</span> <span m='105350'>is</span> <span m='105540'>full</span> <span m='105780'>time,</span> <span m='106240'>and</span> <span m='106380'>when</span> <span m='106540'>I'm</span> <span m='106650'>25</span> <span m='107290'>I</span> <span m='107360'>want</span> <span m='107580'>this</span> <span m='107790'>job,</span> <span m='108310'>duh duh</span> <span m='108640'>duh</span> <span m='108850'>duh</span> <span m='109000'>duh,</span> <span m='109770'>I</span> <span m='109970'>probably</span> <span m='110310'>never</span> <span m='110550'>would</span> <span m='110670'>have</span> <span m='110980'>gotten</span> <span m='111300'>where</span> <span m='111530'>I</span> <span m='111600'>am</span> <span m='111910'>because</span> <span m='112110'>it</span> <span m='112280'>just--</span> <span m='112840'>you</span> <span m='112960'>know,</span> <span m='113290'>there</span> <span m='113480'>aren't</span> <span m='113570'>big</span> <span m='113820'>offices</span> <span m='114370'>full</span> <span m='114530'>of</span> <span m='114630'>people</span> <span m='114910'>doing</span> <span m='115160'>this.</span> <span m='115370'>There's</span> <span m='115520'>small</span> <span m='115940'>groups</span> <span m='116270'>doing</span> <span m='116490'>it</span> <span m='116570'>here</span> <span m='116780'>and</span> <span m='116830'>there, and it's</span> <span m='117250'>super</span> <span m='117550'>fun.</span> <span m='119020'>But</span> <span m='119150'>it's</span> <span m='119310'>not</span> <span m='119890'>a</span> <span m='119990'>straightforward</span> <span m='120890'>path.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381914,"video_id":"3408715754001","name":"2431-Dan-MapsNerdforNature2","duration":122346,"thumbnail_url":null}});